Step 3: Tying the Square Knot
Tying them is fairly simple, but it takes practice and thinking at first, until it becomes almost second-nature.
The LOPOPILTE system!! Leader-Over Partner-Over Partner-In-Loop Tie-End
Step 1: Follow a lead
Pick one of the long strings on the outside to be your leading string. Don't forget which string you picked or else you'll get very confused!! One way of remembering is to tie a knot or attach a bead at the end of it - that way, you can find your leading string quickly and easily.
If the short strings aren't on the inside and the long ones on the outside, now would be an ideal time to move them so they are.
Step 2 : Leader over the middle
Take the lead and cross it over the two middle strands. Refer to the second picture to see how if you must.
Step 3 : Partner over leader
Take the partner strand (the other long one that isn't the leading strand) and place it over top of the leading strand. The third picture shows this.
Step 4 : Partner in loop toward leader
Put the partner in the loop made by the leading strand in step 2. The hemp will probably make a loop because it's long and won't all go through in one tug. Just keep pulling it through. Picture 4.
Step 5 : Tying the knot
Completing the knot is simple. Hold the far end with the loop and the middle strands tight and straight by tugging a little on both ends. This is easily done if you have the loop attached to something or held between you middle finger and ring finger. Then, pull on both of the outside strands. Pictures 5 and 6.
Depending on the side you started with, you just made either a left square knot or a right square knot!! In the pictures, I made a right square knot, which means to make a full square knot I would have to now do a left square knot. The leading strand is on the left side. Scary, huh? Do a couple more and you should end up with something like picture 7. Don't worry if the first few knots look weird. They always do, especially if you're not used to square knots.